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NEW TECH GIRLS - BIKINI ISSUE AT NYA & GALLERY 104 JULY 04 - JULY 26 2019

Olga Feshina: New Tech Girls - Bikini Issue

Acrylic on Canvas, 13 artworks

Opening reception for the public on Wednesday, July 10th, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: July 4 - July 26, 2019

Collaboration NYA Gallery with Gallery 104, Tribeca, New York

NYA Gallery and Gallery 104* are pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Olga Feshina. Curated by Shane Townley, the show will feature about 10 paintings (11 works 48 x 36 in and 2 small), many of which have not been previously exhibited. These works explore core motifs related to the artist’s ongoing “New Tech Girls” series, namely beauty, image construction and distortion, identity, self-fashioning, and presentation. With these new paintings of scantily clad young girls posing with handheld devices, Feshina calls the viewer’s attention to the contrast between contemporary and historic portraiture poses, highlighting how restrictive codes of behavior change, migrate, and ultimately manifest themselves in visual culture.

Feshina said, “Earlier ladies and young girls on the  classical portraits would either sit rigidly folding their hands or recline being nude. As opposed to them  the girls we see  in popular social nets are in bikini with a computer or a mobile.”

“New Tech Girls” Series

Feshina began the “New Tech Girls” series in 2016 and has continued elaborating on this body of work over the past few years. She is fascinated with how technological progress has had an adverse impact on the psychological development of women today. Specifically, she offers a compelling critique of how the paradigms of contemporary feminine beauty are created, distributed, and absorbed across digital devices and platforms. Using a soft, muted palette and matte texture, she situates her flat figures within shallow pictorial spaces. Her work repeatedly calls attention to the idea of surface, which is apt since her imagery is focused on the complicated dichotomy between reality and the virtual world. Across canvases like Girls Taking Selfie on the Beach (2016) and Girls Taking Selfie in the Fitting Room (2016), Feshina arranges highly idealized young girls in emulative poses that mirror ones they’ve seen via social media. Their actions in turn perpetuate trending postures in a never-ending cycle of vapid mimicry. The artist mines numerous media outlets in order to become familiar with the most common gestures, poses, and stances in circulation. What is more, her characters are often in synchronized postures in the compositions, underscoring the loss of individual expression and identity due to the nearly ubiquitous forces of conformity that operate underneath the surface of every constructed image on social media. Interestingly, in Girls Taking Selfie on the Beach, one of the figures holds a selfie stick, framing the overall painting as the screen of an iPhone. In other works, such as Girls with Friends Walking in Park (2019) and Girls Watching the Same Movie on the Beach (2017), the slim, youthful figures are together physically, but removed or distanced psychologically because they’re engaged in entirely different realms virtually.

The artist has described her female figures as twenty-first century versions of the nymphs of antiquity. In Greek mythology, nymphs presided over certain natural locales, such as mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Feshina’s technologically obsessed nymphs similarly inhabit outdoor environs, but are often completely disconnected from these physical surroundings, inhabiting a digital forest so to speak, one populated with computer-coded creatures. The artist’s insertion of a doe in many of these works further expands this idea of a digital forest or enchanted grove. As Feshina has explained, animals figure rather prominently in fairy tales— folkloric or literary forms that have a lasting impact on children’s conception of self and others. Within her series, she understands the doe as representing each figure’s inner child: innocent, naive, impressionable, and needing protection. In the diptych Girls Exploring Their Feminine Nature (2017) and Inner Child Watching VR (2018), the doe is seen as being corrupted by early exposure to technology. Overall, these paintings can be read as a social commentary on how technology has facilitated the rapid construction and dissemination of implied codes of behavior about how girls should look and act.

Artist Bio

Olga Feshina grew up in Kazakhstan, where she trained as a fashion and costume designer. She attended Karaganda Art School and focused on painting and photography. Later, she studied contemporary costume design at Kazakh National Academy of Arts. Among her many design accolades, she created the world’s first sporting uniform for chess—a commission from the International Chess Federation (FIDE). Her training as a designer has heavily influenced her painting style, which includes formal elements of cartoons and digital illustrations. In 2013, the interdisciplinary creative practitioner moved to New York.

Feshina has been featured in a number of notable publications, such as W Magazine, Esquire, FAD Magazine, Women Love Tech, Wallpaper, ELLE, and L'Officiel. She has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Tvorchestvo (Moscow); the Shchusev Museum of Architecture (Moscow); Paris sur Mode (Paris); and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. Most recently, she exhibited works from “New Tech Girls” at Google’s offices in New York and at a booth for NYAFAIR in Tribeca.

The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, July 4th with a reception the following week on Wednesday, July 10th from 6-9pm. The show will remain on view until Friday, July 26st**. Visitors may see works during regular gallery hours: Monday through Sunday, 12-5pm.

*Shane Townley, Founder & Director, NYA Gallery

*Lucy McCarron, Director, Gallery 104

*Anthony Huffman, Press Liaison, NYA Gallery

**The exhibition was suppose to be from July 04 to July 21, but it was extended until July 26th.

For more information, please call (917) 472-9015 or email press@newyorkart.com.

NYA Gallery & Gallery 104

www.NewYorkArt•com 

7 Franklin Place, Tribeca, New York, NY 10013 

+1 917-472-9015

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NEW TECH GIRLS - VR FRIENDS AT GOOGLE NEW YORK JAN 18 - APR 30 2019

Olga Feshina, New Tech Girls - VR Friends, Acrylic on Canvas, Curator: Megan Green, Google New York, January 18 - April 30, 2019

New Tech Girls - VR Friends by Olga Feshina, Google NYC JAN 18 - APR 30, 2019
New Tech Girls - VR Friends by Olga Feshina, Google NYC JAN 18 - APR 30, 2019

Olga Feshina New Tech Girls - VR Friends

Acrylic on Canvas, 10 artworks (7+3 new)

Curator: Megan Green

Google New York

January 18 - April 30, 2019

These artworks are part of an ongoing series. Olga Feshina investigates contemporary girls obsessed with tech gadgets and explores their gestures and poses in relation to these objects. These girls talk on their speakerphones, take selfies, and watch VR movies. 

The baby deer depicted in the works symbolizes the inner child in all of us who is mesmerized by the perfection of the virtual world. The other animals depicted - dogs, cats and birds - serve as the girls' companions and appear to be part of the reality where you can be whoever you want. They also depict the imminent future, in which VR headsets will turn into ubiquitous gadgets. In the future, dogs may have their own headsets instead of collars.

Feshina says: ''There used to the physical distance between us and the film screen, meters of air separating us. Putting on the VR headset, we sink down into a new reality which is right at the tip of your nose. This interaction parallels a meditative state – the deeper you can get into your inner world, the more harmony you discover, which is reflected in the outside world''.

Contrasting computer processing and realism, Feshina stylizes the bodies and generalizes facial traits accentuating wide smiles and entranced eyes.  There is nothing digital in her works other than the topic itself. These works are informed by frozen poses of classic portraits and icons, digital illustrations and classic cartoons. 

Feshina started her career as a fashion designer who created the first chess sport uniform in the world for the International Chess Federation FIDE, which was presented in Cannes, France, in 2001. Feshina has been published in W, Wallpaper, Vogue, Bazaar, L’Officiel and other magazines. At the Moscow Museum of Architecture in 2000, she showed a collection of sport clothes, where models performed with Apple iBook and temporary vinyl tattoos with Internet addresses on their bodies. She also participated in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia with meditative performance “Yoga Fashion” in 2011. She was born in Kazakhstan, lived in Moscow and is now based in New York.

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